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Vol. 53 No. 03

Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Mississippi

NMCB 15 prepares for deployment

Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 15, form a protective circle to practice teamwork and movement during crowd control training on board Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC.)
NMCB 15 is mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and is an expeditionary element of U.S. Naval
Forces that act as combat engineers and support various units worldwide through national force readiness, humanitarian assistance and building and maintaining infrastructure. Personnel from 10 detachments in five states
(Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota) make up NMCB 15. The battalion’s Readiness Support
Site and Headquarters is located in Belton, Mo. NMCB 15 was awarded the Battle “E” for “Best of Type” and
the Rear Adm. J.D. Perry Award of “Best of the Best” in the Naval Construction Force in 1988, 1994, 2001 and
2004. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Garas/Released)

January 17, 2013

Recent legislation
affects military,
civilian pay
From American Forces
Press Service
The legislation that President
Barack Obama signed Jan. 2 that
postponed the fiscal cliff means
changes to military and civilian paychecks, Defense Finance and Accounting Service officials said.
The legislation increases Social
Security withholding taxes to 6.2
percent. For the past two years
during the "tax holiday" the rate
was 4.2 percent.
The increase in Social Security
withholding taxes affects both military and civilian paychecks, officials
For civilian employees, officials
said, this will mean a 2 percent reduction in net pay.
For military personnel, changes to
net pay are affected by a variety of
additional factors such as increases
in basic allowances for housing,
subsistence, longevity basic pay
raises and promotions. Service
members could see an increase in
net pay, no change or a decrease,
military personnel and readiness officials said.
For military members, Social Security withholding is located on their
leave and earnings statement in the
blocks marked "FICA taxes" - for
Federal Insurance Contributions
DoD civilians will see the change
on their leave and earnings statement under "OASDI" - for old age,
survivors, and disability insurance.
See PAY page 12

Commanding Officer
Capt. Rick Burgess
Public Affairs Officer
Rob Mims
Bonnie L. McGerr
Mass Comm. Specialist
Ryan G. Wilber
Special Contributors
CM3 (SCW) Katchen Tofil
CECN Lucinda Moise
22 NCR
Capt. Darius Banaji
Public Affairs Officer
25 NCR
Capt. Darius Banaji
Public Affairs Officer
MCC (SW/AW) Scott Boyle
Commanding Officer
Cmdr. Chad M. Brooks
Public Affairs Officer
Lt. Brian Gates
Mass Comm. Specialist
MC1 (AW/NAC) Aron Taylor
Special Contributor
CE1(SCW) Joshua Thonnissen

Seabee Courier

January 17, 2013

Commanding Officer
Cmdr. Maria Aguayo
Public Affairs Officer
Lt.j.g. Brian Myers
Mass Comm. Specialist
MC1(AW) Jonathan Carmichael
Commanding Officer
Cmdr. David McAlister
Public Affairs Officer
Lt.j.g. John Parizek
Mass Comm. Specialist
MC2 Ryan Williams


Commanding Officer
Cmdr. Nicolas D. Yamodis
Public Affairs Officer
MC1(SW/AW) Steven Myers
Commanding Officer
Cmdr. Scott Anderson
Public Affairs Officer
Lt. J. Johnson
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Skipper’s Log

Resolve to eliminate
sexual assault
By Capt. Rick Burgess
Happy New Year, all! As we turn
the page on the calendar and welcome 2013, many of us also engage in the time-honored tradition
of making New Year’s resolutions.
We look back on the year that has
passed, considering where we are
in life and how we are doing relative to our goals and expectations.
Many resolve to better themselves by exercising more or quitting bad habits. Some may make
frivolous resolutions, but if you
are serious about improving your
life, you make the changes in your
behavior necessary to accomplish
your goal. Real change is hard
but it can be done with focus and
In a similar way, our Navy leaders have taken stock of where we
with our effort to eradicate sexual
assault from our Navy. Sexual assault goes against the Navy’s core
values of Honor, Courage and
Commitment, and runs counter to
the respect we owe one another
as shipmates. It can be devastating to the individual and corrosive
to unit readiness and operational
performance. Simply put, sexual
assault is not acceptable in our
Navy. And, quite frankly, we are
not where we want to be in accomplishing the goal of zero sexual assaults.
To reach our goal, we need additional focus and effort from all
hands. In the coming weeks, you
can learn more about what you
can do to help eliminate sexual
assault from our ranks. Fleetwide training, known as Sexual
Assault Prevention and Response Fleet (SAPR-F), is currently being
rolled out at all Navy commands
onboard NCBC Gulfport. The
SAPR-F training session presents a
dramatized, though all too realistic, scenario involving an assault.
It provides the opportunity to discuss how the various people involved acted and could have done
differently to lead to a better outcome. I hope you will find it a
valuable exercise.
Prevention of sexual assault begins by setting the proper tone in

Attention Navy Supply Ratings

Have you been affected by PTS? Do you have questions about what’s
in store for the Supply Ratings? Are you in the process of negotiating
orders? Would you like to speak with your detailer in person? If you
have answered YES to any of these questions, then you should make
plans right now to attend the Supply “Road Show” Jan. 30, hosted by
the CBC Supply Department. The Road Show will take place in building 433, room 153 at two times Jan. 30: 9 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 2 p.m.
For more information, contact CS1 Young at

Fraud, Waste and Abuse
Hotline: Due to limited IG resources throughout the
Southeast Region, all Fraud, Waste and Abuse hotline work will
now be handled by the Region. To report Fraud, Waste and
Abuse, contact the Region at: Toll Free 1-877-657-9851
Comm: 904-542-4979 DSN 942-4979 FAX: 904- 542-5587,

Capt. Rick Burgess
the workplace. As such, I expect
leaders to set and to enforce a
tone of mutual respect and professionalism. We are here to accomplish our mission – behaving
as responsible, mature professionals in the work place is the starting point.
Acting responsibly extends beyond working hours. Exercising
good ORM and making wise decisions concerning who you are
with and where you go can keep
you and your shipmates out of a
bad situation. A particular factor
to watch is alcohol use. Alcohol is
a contributing factor in a majority
of sexual assaults. So, enjoy liberty in the right spirit with responsible alcohol use. If you are on
liberty with your friends, look out
for each other. “I’ve got your
back” is more than just an expression – it’s what shipmates do for
each other. If you see your friend
headed for trouble, step in and
All hands are affected when a
sexual assault occurs.
Sexual assault is a crime that
hurts our shipmates and negatively affects our unit readiness. I
urge you to be educated, engage
in the training and know your
rights and responsibilities. Sexual
Assault Response Coordinators
(SARC) and Command SAPR Victim Advocates are ready to help if
needed, along with Chaplains,
healthcare providers and your
chain of command. Let’s not
allow this senseless crime to have
a place in our Navy!

Tax Assistance Center
to open by Feb. 1 on NCBC

From VITA Gulfport
NCBC’s Tax Assistance Center
(TAC) is gearing back up this
year and will open no later than
Feb. 1.
The TAC provides free tax
preparation assistance to active
duty service members, their dependents, and any reservist on
active duty for more than 29
days during the 2013 tax season. In addition, assistance will
be offered for retirees and former spouses who have an adjusted gross income (AGI) of
$57,000 or less.
This tax season the TAC has
shifted to a self-service program
for most eligible taxpayers,
through Military One Source for
active duty and reservist customers and Tax Slayer and Free
Tax USA for dependents and retirees. The service is free for all
active duty, guard, and reserve
personnel, their families, and retirees as well as anyone who is a
legal representative of a child of
a military member who is deployed or separated from the
Self-service is available on a
first come, first serve walk-in
basis Tuesdays, Wednesdays,
and Fridays. While service
members complete their returns,
trained tax volunteers will be on
hand to offer guidance in tax
preparation, allowing for fast
and free filing.

Appointments will also be
available Mondays and Thursdays. Taxpayers should bring
the following documents with
them: social security cards for
all family members and spouses;
W-2’s, 1099’s, mortgage statements, 1098’s, total of payments
made for college tuition and
books, etc.; last year’s tax returns (if available); your checkbook; applicable receipts for
Schedule A (charity and medical) and adjustment items; and
if filing in the status of Married
Filing Jointly, both taxpayers
must be present to “sign” the
return or present a signed
Power of Attorney for taxes.
The TAC is located in building
60, room 265 and will be open
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.
- 4 p.m. For general questions
regarding the TAC call 228-8712620 until Feb. 1. After Feb. 1,
call 228-822-5131 to make an

Buzz on
the Street
By CECN Lucinda Moise
NCBC Public Affairs


“What was your best
memory from 2012?”

Seabee Courier

January 17, 2013

“Being invited to a Timorese girl’s
16th birthday party and getting
to know her and her family.”
BUCN(SCW) Kimberly
Hometown: Milledgeville, Ga.


Housing residents learned how to make homemade laundry detergent during a Ladies Pinterest Party hosted by Balfour Beatty
Communities (BBC) on board Naval Construction Battalion
Center (NCBC) Gulfport, Jan. 9. The purpose of the party was
to bring NCBC Gulfport residents together and to promote
money saving techniques. The laundry detergent party is one
of six programs scheduled for January by BBC. The remaining
four activities are a Mardi Gras Ball, Banking Basic and More
Management class, Mardi Paws parade and a Household Goods
Swap Party. (U.S. Navy photos by Construction Electrician Constructionman Lucinda L. Moise/Released)

Sales Associate Gerald Powell folds new Navy physical training
sweat shirts for the Navy Exchange (NEX) Uniform Shop at the
NEX on board NCBC Gulfport Jan. 9. New items at the NEX Uniform Shop are Marine Corps wind breakers and name patches for
Navy working uniform sweaters. The Uniform Shop also offers
same day alterations Mondays through Fridays if item is in before 1 p.m., and embroidering for all military and non-military
items and shadow box materials. (U.S. Navy photo by Construction
Mechanic 3rd Class Katchen Tofil/Released)

“When my husband came
home from deployment.”
Bet Ramsey
Hometown: Southern Pines, N.C.

“Bringing New Year’s in on post
and moving my family back
Staff. Sgt. Dan March
169th Engineer Battalion
Charlie Company
Hometown: Lexington, Miss.


Sam Perkins, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sports coordinator, announces NCBC Gulfport/20th SRG as the 2012
Captain’s Cup champions and presents Capt. Rick Burgess, commanding officer, NCBC Gulfport and commander, 20th SRG the
winning trophy during a morning quarters on board NCBC Gulfport Jan. 10. The Captain’s Cup challenge is a yearly competition
between the commands on base, and the winner is determined
by the most points earned through physical activities, such as
intramural basketball, football, baseball and racquetball, as
well as through individual command sports activities. (U.S. Navy
photos by Builder Constructionman Whitney J. Snider/Released)(Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) Force
Master CC operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan G. Wilber/Released)

Wives of Faith

Tour of Duty
LIVE in Gulfport

Jan. 26
Seabee Memorial Chapel

Jim Lowe of GBX Consultants, Inc. presents a resume writing class to participants of the first
Transition Goals, Plans, Succeed (GPS) Workshop held on board Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport, Jan. 10. Transition GPS is a crucial element of President Barak
Obama’s plan to reduce veteran unemployment levels, and aims to bolster and standardize
the transition support that Sailors receive in order to make them as employment ready as possible. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan G. Wilber/Released)

Seabee Center begins new year
with expanded GPS Transition

Seabee Courier

January 17, 2013

Ryan G. Wilber
NCBC Public Affairs
In line with Navy initiatives to
better prepare Sailors for transition from military to civilian
life, Fleet and Family Service
Center (FFSC) personnel concluded the first Transition
Goals, Plans, Succeed (GPS)
Workshop held on board Naval
Construction Battalion Center
(NCBC), Jan. 11
Transition GPS, an expanded
five day course, has taken the
place of the legacy four day
Transition Assistance Program
(TAP) after pilot courses at
Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Fla., and Naval Base
(NB) Norfolk, Va. held in July
proved successful. The transition workshop is a crucial element of President Barak
Obama’s plan to reduce veteran unemployment levels,
and aims to bolster and standardize the transition support
that Sailors receive in order to
make them as employment
4 ready as possible.

The TAP has been redesigned
into a comprehensive, mandatory program that includes
pre-separation counseling, a
military to civilian skills review,
a Veteran’s Affairs benefits
briefing and application signup, financial planning support,
job search skills building, and
individual transition plan (ITP)
preparation. Although still in
its infancy at NCBC Gulfport,
FFSC Work and Family Specialist Jeffrey Isabell is optimistic
that the newly implemented
changes will be very valuable
to transitioning Sailors.
“I think it’s a very good deal.
I think it’s going to help them
market themselves better, especially the individual transition plan,” said Isabell.
Sailors will get the most benefit from the workshop by
planning ahead, and that
means working with command
career counselors and transition coordinators 12 months or
more before separating or retiring.
“Planning is the biggest key

to any transition,” said Chief
Navy Counselor Deborah
Cohn, 20th Seabee Readiness
Group (SRG) command career
As with any workshop, some
of the information will seem to
pertain more to one person
than another, but Chief Special
Boat Operator Michael Cashion, assigned to Special Boat
Team (SBT) 22 out of Stennis
Space Center advises not to be
too quick to judge.
“Soak everything up.
Whether you need the information or not, there are portions of information being put
out that you will be able to use
in your future,” said Cashion.
For more information about
GPS Transition or creating an
ITP, contact your command
career counselor or call 228871-3000 to speak to Isabell.
Editor’s Note: This article contains information obtained from
“Transition GPS Better Prepares
Sailors For Civilian Life” by Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

A Morning
wife &
Sara Horn
led by
A donation of $10 includes lunch, or a
donation of $15 with childcare (children
up to age 10.)
Contact Claire Jones at 228-214-3557
Register online at:

Ocean Springs
Mardi Gras

The 38th Annual Ocean
Springs-Elks Mardi Grad
Parade is looking for
floats and marching units (with or without
flags.) Traditionally, the first parade of the
Season, the parade will roll through downtown Ocean Springs Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. The
theme this year is “Salute to the Military!”
For more information, contact Capt. Linda
Geisaka, 228-871-4977.

NMCB 11 holds CPX
Construction Electrician
1st Class Michael Perez
Dejesus, assigned to
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB)
11, teaches Information
Systems Technician 2nd
Class Jamal Saleem, the
layout of a distribution
panel using schematics
during a Command Post
Exercise (CPX) on board
NCBC, Jan. 14. CPX allows battalions to practice command post
watch standing and
communication procedures. (U.S. Navy photo
by Construction Mechanic
3rd Class Katchen

Race Engines, Dirt
Bikes, ATV’s, Zodiacs
Cigarette Boats
Are you up to the challenge of hard work and repairing unique SOF equipment?
Naval Special Warfare Development Group is seeking active duty Construction Mechanics and all
other Seabee rates.
- Motivated/Volunteer
- Pass Navy PFA
- E4 - E6
- No NJP
- No bankruptcy
- Obtain Secret/TOP Secret clearance
Email us at ! or
contact your detailer to request additional information.

Newly revised self-paced study course for
Basic Combat Skills Level I now available

Seabee Courier

January 17, 2013

By John Pine
Training Support Agent
The First Naval Construction Division (1NCD) announces the activation of the Basic Combat Skills (BCS)
Level I online training course on
Navy e-Learning (NeL) via Navy
Knowledge On-Line (NKO). This
self-paced course includes six lessons that enable Seabees and Civil
Engineer Corps (CEC) officers to
learn combat skills or refresh their
memories. The lessons encompass:
The Naval Construction Force (NCF)
and The Laws of Armed Conflict;
Medical Procedures and Personal
Hygiene; General Military Tactics;
Field Communications; Force Protection; and Combat Equipment and
Capt. Stephanie Jones, 1NCD N7,
stated, "The official release of the
BCS electronic training provides our
Seabees another tool to attain critical mission skills and knowledge at
the time that is convenient for
The course enhances individual
and team decision-making and combat effectiveness by supplying up5 to-date information to Seabees

using the latest technology. It’s vital
to the Seabee mission that personnel stay abreast of the latest combat
technology in order to ensure
Seabees deploying around the world
are prepared for present day challenges.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Tex
Mitchell, 31st Seabee Readiness
Group military skills instructor, said,
“This is a great course! The interactive learning environment prepares
personnel, new to the NCF, for more
advanced courses like BCS Level II
and Fire Team Leader. This will increase the combat readiness for the
entire NCF.”
Project manager, Chief Petty Officer Jason Verneris, NAVFAC Training
Support Agency, had this to say
about the BCS course which, until
now, has only been available in an
instructor-led classroom environment, “The intent of this course is
to allow the user to be able to train
and become familiar with the NCF
and its capabilities in a self-paced
interactive learning environment,
anywhere - anytime.”
The BCS course includes hyperlinks
to up-to-date references, a glossary,
an acronym/definition list, and dis-

plays graphic images of commonly
used forms and documents. The
course is available for enrollment by
visiting Navy Knowledge Online
(NKO), LEARNING tab, Navy eLearning, Online Courses, Browse
Categories, Department of the Navy
(DON) Training, Naval Construction
Force Training, Basic Combat Skills,
Basic Combat Skills - Level I.
This online training tool is designed to support personnel reporting to NCF commands and students
attending the CEC Officer School
(CECOS) Basic class, and “A” School
courses. Each lesson takes an average of two to five hours to complete; upon successful completion of
the six lesson assessments, the program generates a completion certificate and updates the member’s
Sailor/Marine American Council on
Education Registry Transcript
(SMART) and Fleet Training Management and Planning System
(FLTMPS). SMART can take up to
two weeks to appear while FLTMPS
is generally updated nightly.
For more information on the First
Naval Construction Division, visit
their website:

NMCB 133 conducts first mission in Tajikistan

Seabee Courier

January 17, 2013

By Lt. Kyle Schlais
NMCB 133 Public Affairs
BAHRAIN -- U.S. Navy Seabees assigned
to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion
(NMCB) 133 deployed to Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in November as part of a Global
Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI), the first
Seabee mission in Tajikistan.
In support of the Office of Military Cooperation (OMC) and Tajikistan Ministry of Defense (MOD), the Seabee crew began
construction alongside the MOD's construction force, the Stroibat, on phase one of a
$1 million project at the Peace Support Operation Training Center (PSOTC) at Shamsi
Base, funded by GPOI.
To help boost the local economy and establish lasting relationships with contractors
and vendors, the building materials were
procured in nearby street vendor markets
by Utilitiesman 1st Class Justin Walker, the
Seabee project supervisor, and Air Force
contracting officer, 1st Lt. Sunset Lo. The
vendors delivered the materials in a timely
manner, enabling the project to move forward on schedule.
Throughout the first phase, which included the construction of a new roof, Eng-


Members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 are shown
at a thank you ceremony held in their honor by the Tajikistan Ministry of
Defense. The ceremony was held to show appreciation for the work
completed in November as part of a Global Peace Operations Initiative.
(U.S. Navy photo courtesy of NMCB 133/Released)

lish language lab classroom, kitchen renovations and electrical distribution repairs,
the Seabees mentored 10 Stroibat soldiers,
teaching them basic construction skills
while building strong relationships through
coordination with MOD Stroibat forces and
communication with high level Tajikistan
military officers.
"Working with Stroibat has been a great
experience," said Builder Constructionman
Xavier Knowlesball. "It has been educational working through language barrier
challenges and I am honored to be a part
of the crew."
Construction Electrician Constructionman
Hunter Kiser expressed a similar sentiment.
"It has been an awesome experience
working with the local construction force,"
said Kiser. "Their hospitality is amazing and
made our visit to Dushanbe easy, allowing
us to focus on the tasking."
With the first phase scheduled to conclude in January, planning for the second
phase has already begun.
NMCB 133 is currently deployed as a part
of engineering support operations
throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of

NMCB 27 on task
in Cuba
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Builder 1st Class
Daniel Gunsallus, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 27, performs finish
work during the construction of a concrete parking lot at Cable Beach on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (NAVSTA GTMO), Cuba. The new
parking area is one of several renovation and improvement projects the Seabees are performing
on NAVSTA GTMO. The Seabees from NMCB-27
are forward deployed throughout South and
Central America in support of U.S. Naval Forces
Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet multinational
partnership and humanitarian assistance missions. (U.S. Navy photo by Engineering Aid 1st Class
Merritt Cropsey/Released)

Health Watch:

Oh Baby . . . Guidelines for
Sailors to use when documenting pregnancy
ceive pregnancy counseling as
well as prenatal vitamins. Unfortunately, NBHC Gulfport is
not able to provide obstetrical
care. All patients will be scheduled at Keesler Air Force Base
Women’s Health Clinic for continued care. Referrals are not
required in this instance.
Emergency Care All patients
are authorized to visit any
emergency room if there are
any signs or symptoms that
warrant immediate medical attention. A few of these symptoms include bleeding which
progresses from light to heavy,
severe cramping, abdominal
pain, or fever. If treated in the
emergency room, please follow

up with your OB provider as
soon as possible. Also remember that whenever you receive
care from an outside provider
you will need to visit your local
TriCare office or call TriCare
South at 1-800-444-5445.
With these quick tips, the initial medical planning of your
pregnancy should be made a
little smoother.
Construction Mechanic (SCW)
3rd Class Katchen Tofil, assigned to Naval Construction
Battalion Center (NCBC) prepares to depart for an appointment with the Keesler
Air Force Base (KAFB)
Women’s Health Clinic. (U.S.
Navy photo/Released)

Seat Belts Save Lives . . . Buckle Up Every Time!

Navy experts weigh-in on staying/getting fit

From Navy Personnel
Command Public Affairs

Getting fit rates high among resolutions people make at the start of the
New Year, and Navy's Physical Readiness Program has resources and information to help Sailors and families
achieve their fitness goals, officials
said Jan. 8.
"Whether you exercise and want to
increase your current level of fitness or
you are looking to start a routine to attain a healthy level of fitness we can
help," said Bill Moore, director, Navy
Physical Readiness Program. "Focusing
on the wellness of Sailors and their
families by providing the skills and
tools for fitness and nutrition is one of
our primary objectives."
While it is common for Sailors to skip
or reduce workouts over the holidays
according to Moore, Sailors should be
able to resume their normal fitness
routine if little time elapsed between
workouts over the holidays.
"Most commands wrap up their fall
physical fitness assessments before
Thanksgiving and there are gatherings
and shopping that may eat into fitness
time over the holidays, so it is natural
for people to exercise less," said

Moore. "Missing four to five days of
exercise over the holidays should have
little impact on fitness routines."
Sailors who missed more than six
days between workouts may experience some muscle soreness when resuming their routine.
For those who haven't worked out
since the last semiannual physical
readiness test Moore recommends
starting off slowly and building up
"Start with a shorter duration for cardio-respiratory exercise and less
weight for strength training. Build up
from there," said Moore. "Sailors can
start with 20 minutes of some sort of
exercise two or three days per week,
slowly increasing time by five minutes
per week until they reach their desired
level of activity."
"If you have truly been inactive and
want to start a routine, then you
should consult your physician before
performing exercise," he added.
Once you establish fitness routine
Moore recommends making it part of a
weekly schedule.
"Consistency is the key," he said,
adding that whether serving on shore
duty, on board ship or submarine, or in
the dirt and sand, the Navy provides

its Sailors resources and equipment to
remain fit to fight.
Navy guidance recommends Sailors
complete at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week and
perform strength-training exercises at
least twice a week to work all major
muscle groups.
Examples of moderate-intensity cardio-respiratory activities include brisk
walking (3 mph or faster), bicycling
(slower than 10 mph) and water aerobics. High-intensity activities include
jogging or running, lap swimming,
jumping rope and circuit training.
Strength training includes pushups,
lifting weights, and working with resistance bands. Including two sessions
per week of 8-10 exercises that work
all the different parts of the body
(legs, hips, back, chest, abs, shoulders
and arms) repeated for 10-12 reps
each can improve fitness, decrease
muscle loss and help maintain a
healthy weight.
The Navy Physical Readiness Program website at
spx has links to sample warm-ups and
workouts users may choose. One sample workout specifically addresses

techniques to improve performance on
the Navy's physical readiness test.
Sailors and families will also find links
to nutrition information that when followed compliment a good fitness routine.
"No matter what your fitness goals
are, good nutrition can help improve
your exercise performance, decrease
your recovery time from strenuous exercise, prevent injuries due to fatigue,
and provide the fuel required during
times of high-intensity training and
weight control," said Lt. Cmdr Jennifer
Wallinger, registered dietitian, Navy
Physical Readiness Program.
The site also contains a Navy registered dietitian locator so Sailors and
family members may meet face-toface with an expert and learn more
about incorporating proper nutrition to
maximize the benefits of their fitness
Whether it is maintaining or seeking
to attain a healthy level of fitness the
Navy provides Sailors and family members the tools to reach their goals, according to Moore.
For more information visit the physical readiness section of the Navy Personnel Command website

3 Ways to Put
Yourself First
Self-Care in the
New Year
Jan. 23
Seabee Chapel
8 - 8:30 a.m.
Welcome, childcare drop off
8:30 - 10 a.m.
Self-Care Workshop
10 - 10:30 a.m.
Refreshments &
Free workshop
Free childcare
Free refreshments
Open to all service members,
military dependents and
civilian employees
Registration: contact
Eva Shinka or Bet Ramsey
at FOCUS: 228-822-5736 or
Space may be limited for
childcare, please register in
advance if possible.

January 17, 2013

NBHC Gulfport has implemented patient walk-in hours
from 7 - 10 a.m. to assist with
this requirement. Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays are
dedicated to our dependent
spouses while Tuesdays and
Thursdays are for active duty
members. This process may
take 10 - 15 minutes. After the
lab sample has been processed
the ordering physician will notify you of your results.
Prenatal Care. After confirming pregnancy, military members are required to follow up
with Occupational Health to
ensure they are provided a
safe and healthy workplace.
All expectant mothers will re-

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By HM1 Marlena Cox
NBHC Gulfport
Whether planned or unexpected, pregnancy can cause a
bundle of emotions for both
you and your spouse. There
may be a myriad of questions
flowing through your mind, especially for those first time
parents. Here are a few
guidelines to assist you when it
comes to receiving obstetrical
care while assigned to Naval
Construction Battalion Center
Confirmation of Pregnancy
All patients are required to
have documentation of a positive pregnancy test by their
military health care provider.

Hosted by FOCUS,
NCBC Chapel & MWR

Wanted: Mom Manager

I was late for the meeting. Again.
With an armful of crumpled papers, I pulled my calendar from its
tack on the wall, and rushed down
the hall. Sheepishly, I found a seat
at the table, spread my papers out
around me, and began with as
much authority as I could muster:
“This meeting is called to order
at, let’s see, twelve minutes after
nine. If you don’t mind, I would
prefer that these weekly organizational sessions start promptly at
the top of the hour. Now, without
any further delay, let’s get right
down to business.”
“The van still needs new brakes,
and if you wait much longer, you’ll
be paying for rotors too. Hayden
has Driver’s Ed on Tuesday at 4:30,
but you must somehow get Anna
to her orthodontist appointment at
4:45. The checkbook hasn’t been
balanced in three months, which
might explain why you bounced a
check last week,” I continued.
“Francis is on his last pair of cammies, so please put a load of darks
in at your earliest convenience.
Dinghy is due for his monthly flea
treatment. You must write two articles this week. The repairman is
coming on Thursday between eight
and two to fix the washing machine. And you need to get serious
about that diet. Now, how do you
plan to get all that done?”
I finished, and took a slurp of cof-

No one responded, because no
one was there. I was having my
weekly meeting with myself, and as
usual, I had no idea how to answer
my own demands.
I scribbled a “To Do” list, marked
a few things on the calendar and
then went about my day, determined to get it all done this time.
But deep inside, I knew the inevitable pattern of my life would
repeat itself again. My week would
start out productively. But soon,
something would crop up to throw
me off track – a school project, a
sick kid, writer’s block. One item on
my To Do list would collide into the
next, and the ensuing pile up
would become overwhelming,
causing a strange contradictory reaction in whereby I’d completely
shut down.
By Thursday, my husband would
come home from work to find no
dinner, the kids run amuck, and
me, dazed and unshowered,
draped over my computer chair
where I’d been surfing vintage
Tupperware on e-Bay for the last
three hours.
Recently, I decided I’d had
enough, and set about figuring
out: what fundamental flaw in my
character has made it so difficult
for me to keep up with my responsibilities as a housewife and
After some thought, and half a
box of Cheese Nips, I realized that
I have always been a follower, not
a leader. An Indian, not a Chief. A
Workerbee, not the Queen.
I’m not lazy. I’m not incompetent.
I’m not disorganized. I just need a
supervisor, a boss, a manager to
keep me on track. And of course,
I’d gladly subject myself to periodic
evaluation and take whatever criti-

cism my manager might propose.
“Ms. Molinari,” my manager might
say, “While it is clear that you are
no stranger to hard work, there is
room for improvement in the areas
of task prioritization, self motivation and personal hygiene. It is my
recommendation that you avoid
distractions from your daily priorities such as TJ Maxx, free samples
in the grocery store, and mid-day
reruns of ‘Mob Wives.’ Also, it
would be highly advisable that you
start showering every morning.”
But I have to face reality. Unless I
find someone willing to be compensated in laundry services and
meatloaf, I can’t afford a manager.
I am the manager, and I have to
take responsibility, darn it.
Even if it feels like I’m constantly
being dragged through life behind
my dirty white minivan, I’ll continue this never-ending game of
catch up until my job is done. I’ll
try to avoid getting tangled in the
minutiae – the emails, the dust
bunnies, the bills, the burnt dinners, the dark roots – and focus on
the big picture: keeping my family
happy and healthy.
The value of our shares may fluctuate day by day, but long-term
analysis indicates that this family is
on an upward trend. Our employees may complain from time to
time, but all in all they report excellent job satisfaction. Management lacks efficiency when it
comes to goal attainment, but she
is dedicated, sincere, and works
overtime and on weekends without
Final recommendation: Despite its
flaws, this family enterprise is thriving -- no need for a change in
Get more wit and observations
from Lisa at her blog, http://themeatandpotatoesof-

Leaders Against
Drunk Driving
LADD is a program sponsored by the NCBC/20th
First Class Association. The
mission of LADD is to prevent drunk driving on board
NCBC Gulfport by providing
rides for any service member who needs assistance
getting home after an out-

ing that involves alcohol.
It is always important to
have a plan in place when
going out in town, but if
your plans fall through,
please call LADD and we
will pick you up!
***100 percent confidential, zero reprisal!***

~ LADD is strictly confidential. NO REPRISAL!
~ LADD will take individual home only, no stops.
~ Volunteers who stand the watch are on call 24/7.

Call 228-239-9007

Balfour Beatty Communities
January Mardi Gras Merriment
BBC is hosting a
Mardi Gras Ball
for Base Housing
Jan. 18, 6 - 9 p.m.
Rhodes Hall
(building 303)
Call 228-863-0424
for details!

January 17, 2013

By Lisa Smith Molinari
Military Spouse Contributer

LADD . . .

Mardi Paws Parade!
Bring your K9
companion to the
Dog Park located by
Seabee Lake
Jan. 26
10 a.m. - noon for a
Mardi Paws Parade!
If you don't have a K9
companion, come out
to view! The Humane
Society of South MS
will be onsite with
adoptable animals!

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‘The Meat & Potatoes
of Life’


Focus on Education
From DeCA Public Affairs
The Scholarships for Military
Children Program awards $1,500
scholarships to students from military families. Eligibility requirements, application forms and
other information about the scholarships can be found at
This year’s applicants must submit an essay and an application to
a commissary by close of business
Feb. 22.
The scholarship program is administered by Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization
that provides assistance to service

members and their families.
Commissaries are an integral
part of the quality of life offered
to service members and their
families. The Scholarships for Military Children Program was created in recognition of the
contributions of military families
to the readiness of the fighting
force and to celebrate the role of
the commissary in the military
family community. It is the intent
of the program that a scholarship
funded through contributions be
awarded annually for each commissary operated by the Defense
Commissary Agency worldwide.

NCBC School
Liaison Officer
Kevin Byrd is
located at MWR
Building 352
1706 Bainbridge
or email:

. . . Follow the

January 17, 2013

West Elementary Kindergarten through Fifth-grade students enjoy a special showing of
“Brave” at the Base Theater on board NCBC Gulfport, Jan. 11. The 140 students were treated
to the movie as a reward for maintaining good behavior during a nine week period. (U.S. Navy
photo by Construction Electrician Constructionman Lucinda L. Moise/Released)

Scholarship deadline is
next month; complete
forms and essay now

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FREE Movie Program at the Training Hall: Take a load off. Sit back
and watch the big screen all by
yourself for some alone time, or
make it a family night and bring the
whole crew! Stop by the Snack Bar
on your way in to get that buttered
movie popcorn and those other
goodies that help you get lost in the
moment. Forget what was playing?
No worries - put the movie hotline
in your phone, 228-871-3299 and
call anytime!
Friday, “Looper,” R, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, “Wall-E,” G, noon;
“Frankenweenie,” PG, 2:15 p.m.,
“Trouble with the Curve,” PG-13, 5
Sunday, “Hotel Transylvania,”
PG, 2 p.m.; “House at the End of
the Street,” PG-13, 4:30 p.m.

Information, Tickets and

Top of the Hops Beer Fest- Enjoy a
sampling of over 150 world-class
beers AND you don't have to drive!
Don't pay $40 for a cab, let MWR be
your DD. Your general admission
ticket will include souvenir, 2 ounce
sampling mug, festival guide, unlim-

ited sampling of over 150 beers, live
entertainment, and shuttle service
provided by MWR. Shuttles to the
event will depart at 4:30 p.m. and 6
p.m. from ITT (building 365) parking lot. Return shuttle will depart
from the Coliseum at 7 p.m. and
9:30 p.m. and will return to the ITT
(building 365) parking lot. You must
be 21 or older to attend; I.D.'s will
be checked. Children will NOT be
allowed into the event. Price is only
$55 and includes round trip transportation and general admission
ticket. Call 228-871-2231 for details.
ITT has your Harlem Globetrotters
tickets at military discount! Take
the kids to enjoy a show full of trick
shots, jumps and dunks for just
$24.45/ regular seat ticket. Call for
details or stop by ITT to purchase
yours today!
Don’t blink . . . or this offer will
race by you like the Daytona 500.
Feel the rumble of the stadium in
person. Book your Daytona International Speedway package today!
ITT is offering packages at great
prices that include a ticket to the
Daytona 500, round trip transportation on a Coach bus and two nights’
hotel accommodations. Package
prices vary depending on room occupancy - starting at $450 for a single and running as low as $160 for
four person occupancy. The trip
runs Feb. 23 - 25, and an initial
down payment is due by Jan. 18.
Call ITT for details, 228-871-2231.

Liberty Center:

Take your pick of sports this weekend with the Liberty Program’s awesome selection. Choose from NBA
Basketball on Saturday or Minor
League Hockey Sunday. Watch the
New Orleans Hornets in action as
they take on the Golden State Warriors for only $20. The shuttle departs from the Liberty Center at 5
p.m. Saturday.
If you prefer hockey, check out
what the local Mississippi Surge
Hockey team can do as they warm
up their skates to take on the
Huntsville Havoc for only $6. The

shuttle leaves from the Liberty Center Sunday at 6 p.m. Call 228-8714684 for more details or to learn
more about exciting opportunities
with the Liberty Center.

Navy Outdoor Recreation:

Toughen up . . . don’t let the cold
weather keep you indoors! NOR has
lots of fun equipment that will make
you forget all about that chill in the
Shhhhhhh . . . I smell a doe . . .
no a hog! Sorry Elmer Fudd, this
hunt doesn’t include rabbits. Put on
your camouflage and sign up today
for a NOR hunting trip package.
Packages include transportation,
lodging and meals and your choice
of doe or hog hunting or both. This
opportunity is scheduled for Jan. 25
– 27 and pricing starts as low as
$1,000. Plus, the ranch does the
dirty work and retrieves and cleans
your kills for you. Be sure to bring
an ice chest so you can take the
meat home to the family. Call NOR
for details and to put down a deposit today, 228-871-2127.
FREE Batting Cage: No more tokens needed. Stop by and take a
swing! Rent bats and helmets at no
charge from NOR during business

Food & Beverage

The Beehive is now open every
day of the week! Watch the game
on one of our seven flat screens,
play a little pool and enjoy good

times with friends! With an excellent beverage selection, you are
sure to find your preference. Call
for details 228-871-4009.
Don’t want to get out in the cold
for lunch? Let The Grill bring it to
you. The Grill offers lunch delivery
Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 1
p.m. Call 228-871-2494 to place
your order. Fight that early morning chill by getting a hot breakfast. The Grill is open as early as
6:30 a.m. Take your pick from
French toast plates to breakfast
burritos or traditional eggs and
bacon. The Grill is located at the
corner of Colby and 7th Street.
Anchors & Eagles: Great service
and good times are what you can
expect at Anchors & Eagles. Open

Tuesday - Thursday 2 - 9 p.m.,
and designated for chiefs and officers. Stop by and shake off the
day with comrades.

Youth Activities

Please note that YAC will be
CLOSED Monday in observation of
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
There is no room for boredom
this Saturday. Join the YAC for a
visit to the Insectarium and IMAX:
Born to Be Wild in 3D. Check out
both for only $6 from 8 a.m. to 4
p.m. Lunch needed.
Put on your Chef hats and join
the Triple Play Cooking Club Tuesday for an extra tasty Cheese
Taste Testing. Check it out for
FREE from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

For more information
about MWR programs and
opportunities, contact:
Anchors & Eagles
Auto Hobby
Child Development Center
Fitness Center
Information, Tickets &
Liberty Center
Seabee Heritage Center
Navy Outdoor Recreation
RV Park
The Grill
Training Hall
Youth Activities Center
Main Office


January 17, 2013

Feeling frustrated from a hard day
on the job? Well get it all out on the
court with some racquetball. Make
it intense or just get a good work
out in. Sign up for Intramural Racquetball Jan. 22 through Feb. 5 at
the CBC Fitness Center. Call for details 228-871-2668.
Do you need people around to
motive you to work out? Then,
make time for a group fitness class.
The CBC Fitness Center offers
courses as early as 8 a.m. and as
late as 6 p.m. Get your heart pumping with some strength/cardio,
Zumba or cycling. You can also try
out the new low impact aerobics
course or center yourself with yoga.
For the class schedule, visit us on
Facebook at NCBC Gulfport MWR or
stop by the Fitness Center today!

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NCBC Helping Hands volunteer opportunities
male students as they prepare for middle
school. Please contact Shirley Hardman
at 228-392-5640 for more information or
to volunteer.
VOLUNTEERS - Volunteers are need for
various projects throughout the year.
Contact Shawna Tatge for info,
to make a difference in the life of the elderly then volunteer with Driftwood Nursing Home located right outside the Broad

Seabee Memorial Chapel

Center Chaplains:
Lt. Cmdr. Paul Smith, Protestant Chaplain
Lt. Yoon Choi, Protestant Chaplain
For information concerning other faith groups,
call the chapel office at 228-871-2454

Gospel Service: 8 a.m.
Sunday Catholic Mass: 9:30 a.m.
Weekday Mass: Tuesday, 11:15 a.m.
Divine Worship: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

Avenue gate. The contact for this volunteer opportunity is Christina at 228-2433421.
is both fun and rewarding. If you are interested in volunteering or would like
more information, please visit Volunteers are needed at both USO locations (NMPS 2nd Floor, NCBC and Gulfport
Biloxi International Airport.)
NEEDS VOLUNTEERS - Volunteers are

needed for the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Champions Tour featuring top
golfers - Fred Couples, Tom Lehman,
Mark Calcavecchia, Nick Price, & Bernhard Langer March 18 - 24 at the Fallen
Oak Golf Club, 24400 Highway 15,
Saucier. Volunteer will receive a shirt, hat
or visor, a credential for the Week, meals
during shift, six good-any-day tickets, a
free round of golf at Grand Bear and admission to a volunteer party at Hard
Rock, Biloxi. For details, contact
Stephanie Griffis, 228-896-6365.

Chapel Offerings
Looking for a church?
The Seabee Memorial Chapel holds
services every Sunday that might suit
your needs. Protestant Services include a Gospel Service at 8 a.m. and
Divine Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.
Catholic Services include Catholic
Mass at 9:30 a.m. There is also
Catholic Mass Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m.
Seabee Pantry
The Seabee Pantry needs restocking.
During the holidays, the need for food
donations is at its highest level.
Please donate as many canned goods
and other nonperishables as possible.
Donation drop-off sites are located at
the Navy Exchange, Chapel, Commissary, Fleet and Family Support Center
and Armed Forces Retirement
Home. The Seabee Pantry is for
anyone affiliated with NCBC.
Praise and Worship
The Seabee Memorial Chapel is looking
for new members for the Praise and
Worship Team for the Divine Worship

Service at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. If you
can sing or play an instrument, you are
invited to come share your gift.
Women’s Bible Study
Women’s Fall Bible Study is held
Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at the
Seabee Memorial Chapel. The Fall
Bible Study is conducting a six-week
study by Jennifer Rothchild - Missing Pieces.” Free child care is available. For more information on all
offerings that are available, contact
the chapel at 228-871-2454.
Tour of Duty
Wives of Faith present "Tour of
Duty" LIVE in Gulfport. A Morning
Retreat with military wife & author
Sara Horn at Seabee Memorial
Chapel Jan. 26. For questions contact Claire Jones at 228-214-3557
or register at: A donation of $10 includes lunch or a
donation of $15 with child-care
(children up to age 10.)

Is your New Year’s resolution to give back to
the community? Volunteer today! USO volunteers lift the spirits of America's troops and
their families around the world. Our volunteers
are the reason troops know they can count on
the USO. Every day USO volunteers impact the lives of troops in many
ways including: helping out a special event; cheering troops at a
homecoming; welcoming troops to a USO Center and providing a listening ear. Find out how you can volunteer with the USO by visiting USO is located at the Naval Mobilization
Processing Site (NMPS) on board NCBC. Hours of operation: Monday Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 228-575-5224 for more information.
Postal stamp rate increase . . . The United
States Postal Service will increase the first class
rate stamp Jan. 27. The rate will increase to $.46
for 1 ounce. To find out more about stamp rate
increase, please log onto

January 17, 2013

native School on Old Pass Road in Long
Beach is looking for mentors for three
high school girls and four high school
boys. Mentor duties will include providing direction on assignments, increasing
personal accountability and other life
skills. Please call Michelle Harrison at
228-865-1956 for more information or to
SCHOOL SEEKS MENTORS - Woolmarket Elementary School on John Lee Road
in Biloxi is looking for mentors for their

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UNITED WAY OF SOUTH MISSISSIPPI - United Way of South Mississippi
is kicking off the new year with a “30
Ways in 30 Days” challenge. Participants
can sign up on line and choose a volunteer calendar for January that is tailored
to fit available time and customized from
the menu of activities and opportunities.
To sign up for the 30 Ways in 30 Days
challenge, visit and
click Volunteer.
SEEKS MENTORS - Long Beach Alter-


From PAY page 1
Reserve component members will
be the first to see potential changes
in their net pay as a result of the
law, DFAS officials said. Changes
will be reflected in their January
Active duty military personnel will
see pay adjustments in their January mid-month paycheck and will be

reflected on the January leave and
earnings statement.
DoD civilians will see social security withholding changes reflected in
paychecks based on the pay period
ending Dec. 29, 2012, for pay dates
beginning in January.
DFAS stresses that all personnel
should review pay statements carefully.

ways to report crimes or suspicious behavior with the use of discreet and secure online or texting
tip lines.
To report information by Cell
1. Text “NCIS” to the short code
274637 (CRIMES) from any cell or
smart phone.
2. Receive a response, for example:
“Your alias is: S2U5 Call 911 if urgent! If replies put you at risk, text

3. Begin dialogue
To report information Online:
1. Go to, click
on the “Report a Crime” tab and select the icon for “text and Web tip
There is a reward of up to $1,000
for information leading to a felony
arrest or apprehension.

See Something Wrong
Do Something“STOP”
NCIS has two new anonymous

NCBC Security
To prevent
and governmental
property theft, NCBC
Security would like
to remind you to
remember to secure
vehicles, personal
compartments, work
spaces, compounds,
and buildings.
Don’t be a target!

urdays. VFW meetings are held the second
Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. New members are always welcome. Contact Post Commander
Bill North at 228-863-8602 for information.
VFW Post 4526 Orange Grove is open daily
from Noon to 10 p.m. and located at 15206
Dedeaux Road, Orange Grove. Meetings are the
first Wednesday each month at 7 p.m. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Call 228-832-0017
for more info.
NMCB 62 Alumni Group
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 62 was
recommissioned in Gulfport in 1966, and decommissioned in 1989. To become a member, go to or for links to Seabee historical sites. Seabee Veterans of America Island X1 Gulfport are seeking Active Duty, Reserve, Retired
or Seabees who left the military after a short period
of time. Island X-1 Gulfport meets the first Thursday of each month at Anchors & Eagles at 7 p.m.
Contact Joe Scott (secretary) at 228-669-8335 or or log onto for information.
D.A.V. - Disabled American Veterans, Chapter
5 invites Veterans and future Veterans to monthly
meetings held the 3rd Monday of each month at 7
p.m. Call Service Officer, Silva Royer at 228-3241888 to find out more about our organization and
all that is offered to members.
The Seabee Gift Store is located in the Seabee
Heritage Center Training Hall, building 446. Hours
are Monday -Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. The shop has a variety
of Seabee related memorabilia, books and DVD’s.
Contact the museum at or call the gift shop at 228-871-4779 for
information on all that is available.

Think you’re tough . . .
enough to play RUGBY?
“Rugby is a game for BARBARIANS that is played by GENTLEMEN” The newly formed
Mississippi Gulf Coast Rugby Club
is recruiting players, coaches and
fans for the 2013 season right
now. We aren’t looking for
wanna-be tough guys, people
who are out of shape or people
who don’t have time to dedicate
three days a week. Once you
learn how to play, this sport will
supersede your love of any other.
Our games last 80 minutes, split
into 40 minute halves, and demand a high level of endurance,
strength and teamwork. The
team is comprised of military and
civilians, officers and enlisted,
blue-collar workers and doctors,
18 year-olds to 40 year-old men.

January 17, 2013

Family Readiness Groups
NMCB 1 FRG invites friends and family members
to attend FRG meetings the first Monday of every
month at the Youth Activity Center, building 335. A
potluck dinner is served at 6 p.m., followed by a
meeting at 6:30 p.m. Children are welcome and
babysitting is provided during deployment. Contact
FRG President Mary Belanger, e-mail
NMCB 11 FRG For more information regarding the
NMCB 11 FRG, please visit the FRG and Ombudsman website at
NMCB 74 FRG All families of NMCB 74 are invited
to the 74 FRG meeting the third Monday of each
month. Meetings are at the MWR Youth Activities
Center, building 335, behind the Grinder on NCBC.
Socializing begins at 5:30 p.m., and meetings begin
at 6 p.m. Bring a covered dish to share at our
potluck dinner. Children are welcome. Email or visit our Facebook page
at “NMCB74 Fearless FRG” for more information.
NMCB 133 FRG invites all friends and family
members to attend FRG meetings the first Monday

meetings every Thursday at 11 a.m. GA is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength
and hope with each other. All meetings are confidential and facilitated by GA. Come to a meeting or
call Jim Soriano at 228-871-3000 fordetails.
Naval Sea Cadets The Gulfport branch of the
Naval Sea Cadets are recruiting youth ages 11 to
17 for Sea Cadets, a nation-wide organization that
help youth achieve personal success through nautical training. Meetings are the third Saturday of the
month from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., building 1, 2nd
floor conference room. Contact Lt.j.g. Bowling at
228-313-9035 or for details.
Miss. Gulf Coast First Class Association is always looking for new members. Meetings are every
Wednesday at 3 p.m. at CBC’s Beehive, building
352. Call BU1 Tony Boldrey 228-871-2577 for details or just come and join us at a meeting.
CBC/20SRG Second Class Petty Officers Association is seeking members. Meetings are Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. in the Fitness Center classroom.
Contact the Association’s Public Affairs Officer LS2
Matthew Wasson at or
President LS2 Earl Simpson at for information. NCBC
Multi-Cultural Diversity Committee is seeking members. Meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m., at the Seabee
Memorial Chapel. Contact BU1 Jerma Cloude, 228871-2454 for details.
VFW Post 3937 Long Beach is open Monday Thursday from noon until 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from Noon until 10 p.m., Sunday from noon
until 7 p.m. The first Friday of the month is
Seafood Night, the remaining Fridays are Steak
Night. Breakfast is served from 7 to 10 a.m. on Sat-

We are diverse and
strong. If you
think you
have what it
takes, come
out and see
for yourself. Practice is held at
Popps Ferry Fields on Tuesday
and Thursday at 6 p.m. Bring a
friend, if you think they can hang.
For more information, visit Mississippi Gulf Coast Men’s Rugby
Football Club at, or call
Joey at 228-243-2673, Billy at
440-251-4411, Doug at 228493-6191 or email,
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of the month at 6 p.m. at the Youth Center. Children are welcome and babysitting is provided.
Please bring a dish to share. For more information
contact FRG President Jaime Royal at 317-7304064 or send an email to To receive updates, log
on to the FRG site,
Gulfport Officer’s Spouse Club
The Gulfport Officers’ Spouses’ Club is a social organization that has FUN while helping our community. We meet monthly and have special interest
groups for almost everyone! For more information,
email We hope to see
YOU soon!
Navy Wives Clubs of America, Inc. The Navy
Wives Clubs of America, Inc. is interested in
reestablishing a club in the local area and will be
hosting a meeting for new member Feb. 16. If you
are interested in joining an organization that promotes the health and welfare of any enlisted member of the Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard,
please contact Darlene Carpenter at 228-3422271
or Tina O’Shields, 228-357-0513. Visit for more info on NWCA.
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Thrift Shop is
located in building 29 on Snead Street. The Thrift
Shop is staffed entirely by volunteers, and child
care and mileage are reimbursed. Retail hours of
operation are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9
a.m. - 1 p.m. Volunteers are always welcome. Visit
the NMCRS offices at the Fleet and Family Support
Center, building 30, suite 103 or call 228-871-2610
to find out how to become a part of the NMCRS
volunteer team!
Gamblers Anonymous
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